A FAMILY MAN

THERE IS A MOMENT in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm when a father stands, suitcase in hand, in the doorway of his son's bedroom. "I'm back!" he announces cheerfully. His son stares at him as if he's never seen him before. "You ... you were gone?" he stutters. It is the axis upon which the whole film rotates. After "Pinteresque silence" and "Hitchcockian suspense", we may one day talk about "Ang Lee excruciating family moments".

Millions more flock to flicks

A sharp 35-per-cent rise in film audiences in just the first three months of this year shows that British cinema is continuing to revive.

British stars fail to top Hollywood bill

British film stars have lost their clout in Hollywood. Not one figures in this year's annual ranking of Hollywood's 25 most powerful actors and actresses, while only one English director makes the film-maker's list.

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John Fisher, head of entertainments, Thames TV, and producer of 'Strike it Lucky':

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Hurley talks tough

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Divine denial

Divine denial

Birt condemns BBC's Hugh Grant coverage

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ISMISMNew concepts for the Nineties; No. 23: grovelism

It has been the week of the grovel. Seldom has that rule of politics "never apologise, never explain" been so comprehensively scuppered. This is partly the fault of John Major. Thanks to him, the politicians who supported the wrong candidate had to swallow their words. There was a particular pleasure to be had in watching so many Conservative politicians imitating the behaviour of Bolsheviks when they too confessed that their admiration for the great leader was immortal, even if their lives were about to end.

Never apologise, never explain

TRULY, a remarkable week, a septem dies mirabilis. First, England beating the West Indies in a test match at Lord's; then Hugh Grant's spectacular fall from his remorselessly extended state of public grace; next, John Major giving a stirring impression of a stand-up comic in the House of Commons; and, now, sensational news from Auckland. The Queen, as we report on Page One, is to apologise. A New Zealand act of parliament acknowledging the theft by Britain of Maori land will shortly be given the royal assent and signed by her in London. We hope she knows what she is doing. The long retreat from the divine right to rule, marked by such signposts as 1688, 1936, Royal It's A Knockout, Budgie the helicopter and the decision to pay taxes, has left but few perks; and the greatest of them was surely that being Queen meant never having to say sorry. Indeed, it is hard to think of any sort of royal apology since Henry II did penance for ordering the death of Beckett.

Young (and old) pretenders

One noteworthy thing about the Tory leadership contest is that the declared contestants are not half so interesting as the undeclared contestants, so today I am ignoring the two men already with their hats in the ring and bringing you a list of some of those who will be slugging it out in the second ballot.

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